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  • Place of origin:

    Cornwall (drawn)

  • Date:

    1858 (drawn)

  • Artist/Maker:

    Samuel Palmer, born 1805 - died 1881 (artist)

  • Materials and Techniques:

    Black chalk drawing on paper

  • Museum number:


  • Gallery location:

    Prints & Drawings Study Room, level H, case PD, shelf 200, box A

Physical description

Leaf from a Cornish sketchbook; a drawing of a coastal view showing a small bay in the foreground with a rocky headland on the horizon.

Place of Origin

Cornwall (drawn)


1858 (drawn)


Samuel Palmer, born 1805 - died 1881 (artist)

Materials and Techniques

Black chalk drawing on paper

Marks and inscriptions

Various parts of the design are labelled A and B.

'B depper green / than A'
Inscribed in pencil, lower-right.

Inscribed at upper-left.


Height: 10.5 cm, Width: 17.8 cm

Object history note

In his book The Life and Letters of Samuel Palmer, A. H. Palmer states that his father visited Devon and Cornwall four times between the years 1848 and 1858. A letter form the artist to Edward Calvert dated 25 June 1848 describes the wild scenery of the north Cornish coast.

Descriptive line

Leaf from a Cornish sketchbook, showing a coastal view with rocky cliffs. Black chalk drawing on paper by Samuel Palmer, England, 1858.

Bibliographic References (Citation, Note/Abstract, NAL no)

Lister, Raymond. Catalogue Raisonné of the Works of Samuel Palmer. Cambridge: Cambridge University Press, 1988. 279p, ill (b&w). ISBN 0521344557. catalogue no.559, p.183.


Black chalk; Paper



Subjects depicted

Seascapes; Cliffs




Prints, Drawings & Paintings Collection

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